Spaghetti with Three Cheese Sweet Pepper Marinara

Annie Leon


I love some good pasta, and not many places serve it with bold, rich flavors the way I like.

This is my favorite variation on a classic marinara. The tang of the pepper adds some interest, and when you saute the fennel and oregano, it really brings out their flavor. I like the balance of creamy and hearty, and this sauce is simply no exception to that rule. I hope you like this one as much as I do


★★★★★ 1 vote

5 Min
25 Min


Add to Grocery List

1/2 medium
1 large
red or orange bell pepper
3 Tbsp
olive oil
4 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
fennel seed
2 tsp
oregano, dried
1 can(s)
tomato paste
14 oz
crushed tomatoes
14 oz
diced tomatoes italian-style
3 oz
cream cheese
1/4 c
parmesan cheese
1/4 c
mozzarella, shredded
1/4 c
sour cream, light
1 Tbsp
basil, dried
1/2 tsp
ancho chile powder
1/8 c
parsley flakes
1 lb

How to Make Spaghetti with Three Cheese Sweet Pepper Marinara


  • 1Finely chop onion and cube bell pepper, saute in olive oil with fennel seed, oregano, and garlic until just tender.
  • 2Stir in all remaining ingredients except parsley. Simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes.
  • 3Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and add to sauce, top with parsley.

Printable Recipe Card

About Spaghetti with Three Cheese Sweet Pepper Marinara

Course/Dish: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

Show 4 Comments & Reviews

20 Slurp-worthy Spaghetti Recipes

20 Slurp-Worthy Spaghetti Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We give you complete permission to slurp up these yummy spaghetti recipes!

Restaurant Favorite Pasta Recipes You Can Make At Home

Restaurant Favorite Pasta Recipes You Can Make at Home

Kitchen Crew

There is an Italian restaurant in my neighborhood that I absolutely love. When it first opened, I became a regular. Maybe too regular... After one meal I realized that I...

19 Delicious Pasta Recipes

19 Delicious Pasta Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Having guests over and not sure what to make? Try pasta! It's versatile and always a crowd favorite. Try one of these 19 delicious pasta recipes and by the end...